Who We Are
We act as the united and trusted voice of European gastroenterology and are recognised as the leading authority for digestive health
UEG, or United European Gastroenterology, is a professional non-profit organisation combining all the leading European medical specialist and national societies focusing on digestive health.
The scope of our member societies ranges from general gastroenterology and surgery to more disease- or organ-oriented, and special interest associations on a pan-European level. Together, they represent more than 30,000 specialists from every field in digestive health. But not only that we communicate with over 50,000 health experts through our myUEG community.
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We were deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend Radislav Nakov.
Everyone in the UEG Community knows Radi, who despite his young age, has been associated with UEG for many years. It is not an exaggeration to say that he was the most enthusiastic ambassador for UEG and an indestructible motivator. His commitment was absolute, and he made such a big difference to the community.
Most important of all, Radi was a friend. He inspired, motivated and connected people from all parts of GI – as the social media posts bear testament to.
We are eternally appreciative of his friendship, his enthusiasm and energy and all his contributions to UEG and the digestive health community.
Our thoughts are with his wife Radina and his entire family at this difficult time.
With great sadness we must announce the passing of our dear friend Peter Jansen. He was not only a highly renowned clinician and scientist in the field of hepatology but also a very well-liked networker and respected member of our gastroenterology community. Peter only recently served as UEG Treasurer from 2016 to 2019 but his history with UEG goes back a lot further. Peter played a fundamental part in the foundation and development of UEG in the early days. He was appointed Chairman of UEG in 1994, being responsible for the UEG Week in Birmingham 1995 which was judged to have been one the most successful yet. He has been in regular contact with us up until some months ago and was always keen to follow UEG’s development and offer his experienced advice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Tineke and his entire family during this difficult time. We are eternally appreciative of his friendship and all his contributions to the improvement of UEG and the field of digestive health. Peter, we will miss you dearly! Rest in peace
UEG unites 17 Ordinary Member Societies and 48 National Societies working in the broad area of digestive health, constantly adapting to the changing requirements of scientific research and health care.
Following our mission and a dedicated strategic plan, the overall leadership and strategic direction of UEG rests with the Council. The committees and task forces enable interested volunteers to play an active role in shaping current and future UEG initiatives and form the operating body of the organisation.
Member Societies are represented in the Meeting of Members that elects or appoints UEG Council members. Each Ordinary Member Society has the opportunity to send one representative to UEG’s committees.
All officers of UEG, regardless of position, provide their effort and time on a complete voluntary basis, and therefore make UEG a non-profit organisation concerned solely with the well-being of patients.
We are the overall leadership of UEG and provide the strategic direction.
We are composed of members of UEG and have various responsibilities defined in the UEG Statutes.
We act as the central communication channel between National Societies and UEG.
We organise the best international multidisciplinary gastroenterology congress in the world.
We provide learning opportunities in digestive health in multiple formats.
We act as the united voice of European gastroenterology towards the public and policy makers.
We strengthen relationships between the National Societies and UEG through cross-representation in other UEG committees.
We support cooperation and excellence in digestive health research.
We improve clinical practice to reduce health inequalities across Europe.
UEG is dedicated to achieving its mission in an open, transparent and democratic manner according to the highest standards of ethics. Together with other members of the Biomedical Alliance in Europe, UEG has approved and adopted the Code of Conduct of healthcare professionals and scientific organisations.
This code sets out core principles for health care professional and scientific organisations to maintain and enhance professional independence, objectivity and scientific integrity. It guides all persons serving UEG in the development and implementation of UEG’s activities. UEG volunteers and senior employees sign a Declaration of Interest (DoI) to disclose any possible conflicts between their duties towards UEG and their private interests.
Integrity, diversity and transparency, in addition to quality, independence, respect, and accountability, form the core values of UEG as a professional non-profit organisation. One of UEG’s overall objectives is striving for equality of opportunity and inclusion, in particular regarding to age, gender and nationality.
Our aim is to provide equal opportunities and foster the involvement of underrepresented groups in all of our activities, creating an environment free from discrimination. Recognising individual values, perspectives and needs is vital in this process to prepare us for the future.
The UEG Equality & Diversity Task Force has been assigned by UEG Council to oversee UEG’s efforts in this regard and to address areas where inequalities throughout the organisation prevail.
UEG Statutes constitute the legal basis for the operation of the organisation. UEG is incorporated in Vienna, Austria and complies with the legal rules of the Austrian Law of Associations with number 570340662 in the Austrian Register of Association.
UEG is a non-profit organisation and is funded by its membership dues and the scientific activities and events it organises, such as congresses and postgraduate teaching, scientific journals publishing, educational programmes as well as sponsorship from industry. To operate all its activities UEG has set up United European Gastroenterology GmbH which is fully owned by UEG and incorporated as a limited liability company in Vienna, Austria (Austrian Commercial Register - FN 443867 x). UEG’s accounts comply with Austrian fiscal provisions and are both internally (by two members of the association called auditors) and externally audited (by an international tax advisor) on an annual basis.